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England round-up: South-East airport expansion delayed; Government to consult on NPPF changes

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 4 December-11 December, 2015

South-East airport expansion delayed

A decision on whether to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport has been delayed until summer 2016.

The Planner 

£1.1m fund to support garden towns

The government has announced that two new garden towns will be supported with £1.1 million of funding aimed at delivering homes for aspiring homeowners.

The Planner

Government to consult on NPPF changes: Reaction

The government has announced a consultation to seek views on specific changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), including broadening the definition of affordable housing. Reaction from the industry has been collated here.

The Planner 

Fund launched to train non-construction employees

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have launched a £1 million scheme to train non-construction staff.

The Planner

Fenced off: how London’s super-rich are destroying the soul of their community

The leafy suburb of Highgate in North London has long enjoyed a liberal, even radical, reputation. Its high concentration of left-leaning creative professionals were drawn to the area not just by large green spaces and fine views, but also by the legacy of wealthy social reformers who led campaigns from the salons of their grand mansions.

The Guardian

UK housing crisis: Build-to-Rent investment to triple by 2020

Investment in Build to Rent will triple to £50 billion by 2020, helping it swell from two to 5 per cent of the private rental sector, and providing minor relief to the UK's growing housing crisis.

City AM

One Undershaft: Plan for City of London's tallest tower unveiled

Plans for One Undershaft, the tallest tower in London’s financial district, have been unveiled.

BBC News 

Local housing customers may be given the right to buy

Customers living in properties owned by one of the UK’s largest housing providers may have the opportunity to buy their homes if the government’s new extended right-to-buy plans get the green flag.

Click Liverpool

Land in Southam earmarked as official travellers site has not been used once in past two years

A piece of land designated as an official stopping place for travellers has not been used by a single caravan in the past two years, neighbours have said.

Coventry Telegraph

New funding to support flood-affected communities

Communities Secretary Greg Clark outlines the government support that will be available to areas affected by the weekend’s floods.

UK Government

Landscape Institute calls for landscape-led flooding solution

The Landscape Institute, in the week of the 2015 United National Climate Change Conference, has called on the UK government to have "a long-term clear strategy to think about the way we manage, store and distribute our water".

Horticulture Week

Government planning to build thousands of new homes in flood risk areas

Nearly half the areas earmarked for fast-tracked housing development by a flagship government scheme are at significant risk of flooding, making thousands of new homes potentially uninsurable, according to a Greenpeace investigation.


Dunsfold Aerodrome housing plans put forward

A plan for 1,800 new homes at Dunsfold Aerodrome has been submitted to Waverley Borough Council.

BBC News

Two major Bexhill planning applications withdrawn

Plans for up to 70 homes in Sidley and the 2.4 km North Bexhill Access Road have been withdrawn for now.

Bexhill Observer 

Brandon Lewis announces large-scale custom build pilot

A new development of 122 homes has been selected as a national pilot for large-scale custom build, the housing minister announced.

UK Government 

Mixed-use Paignton plans set for approval

Plans for a mixed-use development featuring almost 200 houses in Paignton, Devon, have been recommended for approval by Torbay Council.

Insider Media

Highways England makes case to build world’s longest road tunnel

A tunnel under the Pennines to provide a new road link between Sheffield and Manchester is technically feasible and worth exploring further, according to Highways England engineers.

The Construction Index